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Friday, August 25, 2006

Change in perspective

This is an original piece I just finished. I started drawing it awhile back but got busy with comissions and put it aside till now. May need a few more tweaks...will see. I love the composition. She is looking into the drain thingy in the tub and trying to figure out, now how come that baby is there?!?!?

Friday, August 18, 2006

Sisters Portraits Completed

Well I ended up making minor adjustments to both girls. I darkened both girls hair and touched up the baby sister's eyes a little. I am happy with them both now so will send them off to their mommy :)
Baby PortraitBaby Sister Portrait

Baby Sister Portrait - Final

Well looks like she is completed! I have added several more layers of graphite for her hair, eyelashes and touched up a few areas. I will hang on to it for a day or so in case she needs any touch ups.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Baby Sister Portrait - update #4

This cutie is starting to really take shape :) I have added more layers for her skin and have much more detail to the mouth and nose. The hair has several layers of 4B, 2B, B, HB and F but still needs more work. Then it is on to the clothes, hair tie and final adjustments!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Baby Sister Portrait - update #3

Baby Sister Portrait - update #2

I have added a few layers of graphite again to establish some of the darks and lights. The eyes are about 80% completed. I decided to darken the hair area as her hair is quite dark just to get an idea of the balance for her skin. Still needs alot of evening out but starting to take shape.

Baby Sister Portrait - update #1

This is the start of my next commission. She is the sister of the last portrait. Looks a little scary right now with all the lines! Again using Arches paper and mostly 2B, B, HB and H graphite.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Baby Portrait Completed

I think she is done! I have added and removed graphite in several areas to even out her skin tone and to add more depth. The final wisps of hair have been added. I believe she has more hair on the left hand side but can not really make it out in the reference photo so will leave it for now. The dress is left slightly muted so that it does not compete for attention. I think I have captured what a happy little girl she is!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Baby Portrait - update #5

The hair is almost completed. I created the hair using a 2B graphite pencil, blending and then removing areas. I repeat the process several times to add depth and dimension. The hairs on her face will be added at the end as I want them to remain crisp as they are very fine.

I have again added more layers of skin tone in areas. The nose still needs more moulding as it is too light right now and stands out in the portrait. The mouth also requires some moulding still. Several areas need to be touched up but her face is nearing completion!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Baby Portrait - update #4

Added several more layers of skin tone. It is best to apply the graphite in thin layers as it creates the illusion of depth more smoothly and realistically. Still using mostly 2B, B and H graphite. For blending, I have been using blending stumps and a chamois.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Baby Portrait - update #3

I have added several more layers of graphite using mostly 2B and B. The darks still need to be worked in and blended more for an even appearance. I still need to add many more layers of both the dark and light tones but she is starting to take shape!

Baby Portrait - update #2

I have established the main areas of light and dark and have completed the eyes to about 80% of completion. I have tried other portraits in the past leaving the eyes until the end in an attempt to avoid smudging and just found it really akward. The eyes express so much of the persons personallity that it is hard to judge the rest of the portrait's progression without them in place!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Graphite and Charcoal Baby Portrait Commission

This is the outline drawing for a commission for a baby portrait. I am drawing her sister as well, both cuties so should be lots of fun! I darkened the lines in photoshop as they are very light and barely visible on the real portrait. I drew the original and transferred it to Arches watercolor paper to avoid damage to the paper due to erasing. This portion took 2 hours to complete (roughly I loose track of time ;)) The eyes look a little off to me so I will rework them as I go.